Just 2 years back, getting a smartphone with a good camera was bit difficult choice within $200 price range. But this has changed now in 2017, all thanks to Chinese smartphone vendors for upping their ante by coming out with affordable smartphones with better specs. Back in 2015, it was a relatively new brand, Qiku, who launched the first ever dual camera phone, the Qiku Q Terra, which was quickly followed by other brands such as Huawei, LG, Xiaomi etc.
It was just a matter of time that the dual camera phones came into the budget segment with the introduction of Coolpad Cool 1 & Huawei Honor 6X. Both the smartphones came to India recently and are placed well below the sub $250 price bracket. Other than the USP as cameras, both the Coolpad Cool 1 & Honor 6X boast of competitive hardware. Let’s compare both the phones below in terms of various parameters.
Both the Coolpad Cool 1 and Huawei Honor 6X comes with the same display size of 5.5-inches and the screen used by both the phones is an IPS LCD panel. The downside on the Honor 6X is that it won’t come with a display protection layer, whereas the Coolpad Cool 1 comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top of it.
2) RAM, Storage, and Processor
Hardware wise, the Coolpad Cool 1 and Honor 6X comes with competitive specifications. The Cool 1 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the flip side, the Honor 6X comes in two variants: one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and the other one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The chipset used in the Honor 6X is Huawei’s in-house Kirin 655 chipset, which is slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 652 SoC as it used Cortex A53 cores compared to the Cortex A72 cores on the Snapdragon 652. But, the Kirin 655 is built up on 14nm manufacturing process, which can withstand phone from heating for longer durations.
3) Connectivity and Operating System
Both the phones have all the standard set of connectivity options such as the Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE, VoLTE. The Honor 6X comes with a new feature called as Wi-Fi Repeater, which acts as a Wi-Fi modem by collecting signals from the nearby modem.
The Coolpad Cool 1 is the first smartphone from LeEco and Coolpad after their collaboration with each other. The Cool 1 runs on LeEco’s EUI 4.8 with all the features seen on the LeEco smartphones. On the other hand, we have the Honor 6X running on EMUI 4.1, and the company promised the Android Nougat update for the Honor 6X by the start of Q2 2017.
Aforesaid, the Coolpad Cool 1 and Honor 6X comes with a dual camera setup. While both of them boast of a dual camera setup, but their functionality is completely different. The Cool 1 has two 13MP camera modules, and one 13MP sensor will be used to capture monochrome shots, which was earlier seen on the Huawei P9 and Honor 8.
The Honor 6X also has a dual camera of 12MP and 2MP with Sony IMX386 sensor. While the 12MP camera functions as the regular camera, but the 2MP camera will be used to create insane depth of field. Both the phones feature an 8MP front-facing camera to capture selfies.
The Coolpad Cool 1 wins this segment without any competition as it features a non-removable 4060mAh battery, whereas the Honor 6X has a smaller 3340mAh battery, which the company promises to last a single day.
After comparing the specifications, it is pretty much evident that both the phones share the equal set of specs. The Honor 6X is priced at Rs. 12,999 for the base 3GB RAM variant, and the Cool 1 is priced at Rs. 13,999. The Honor 6X costs Rs. 15,999 for the 4GB of RAM option.
Both the camera performs completely different and the Coolpad Cool 1 edges ahead of the Honor 6X with its bigger battery and slightly faster processor. So, if you’re a budget conscious person, then the Honor 6X should be your choice.